The recent infiltration of Israeli soldiers into the Khan Yunis province was carried out as a result of "a secret intelligence operation", Hamas' senior member Mousa Abu Marzouk revealed yesterday.
"The occupation's special forces infiltrated the occupied Gaza Strip through Palestinian Authority (PA)-administrated crossings," Abu Marzouk told the Anadolu Agency.
The PA's control over Gaza's crossings and the absence of the Gaza local security forces, he pointed out, have negatively affected the enclave's security situation and have opened the door to the entry of suspicious bodies.
"This is a national issue that requires immediate, serious action to free Gaza of its enemies," the Palestinian official stressed.
On 11 November, violence broke out between Palestinian resistance factions and the Israeli army following the death of seven members of the Al-Qassam Brigades after Israeli special forces infiltrated the east of Khan Yunis province days earlier. The conflict resulted in the death of an Israeli officer and injured another.
The Israeli forces were reported to have focused on attacking houses and civilian towers and facilities during their attack on the enclave.